SHARED SITE | RITUAL
"Ritual" is one of six multi-monitor pieces in a video installation entitled SHARED SITE that was produced in conjunction with the Goodwill Arts Festival (Seattle, 1990). A small team of collaborators "covered" the Goodwill Games in Seattle with the same access to the competitions as Turner Broadcasting. Our goal: to produce alternative visions of the event and the athletes from all over the world. These tapes (shot in Hi-8 and edited on SP 3/4") were exhibited in an installation designed by Beliz Brother and sited in Rainier Square during the Games. Sally Cloninger and Lisa Farnham co-produced the video pieces aided by Peter Randlette who contributed technical direction, sound design and original music. Other themes that we explored included gender issues, race, celebrity, spectacle, Ted Turner, competition, globalism, and personal achievement.
Keeping A Balance
In November-December 1986 I was part of a training initiative to introduce women producers from Asia to the practice of documentary video. I joined Jai Chandiram (who then was a trainer and consultant at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development) and Dinaz Kalvachwala (an independent producer from India) in Dhaka, Bangladesh for five weeks. Nine women from various national broadcasting organizations collaborated with us on the production of a documentary, "Nobody Cares for a Garments Girl" about the plight of garment workers in Dhaka at that time. We were the first video crew allowed into a garment factory and while this tape could not be shown inside of Bangladesh in order to protect the participants, it has been used all over the region by teaching institutions and media activist groups. Please view "Nobody Cares for a Garments Girl" on my Vimeo site to see the actual documentary.
Dreaming of Spirit Animals
This film features the work of Pacific Northwest artist, Cappy Thompson and her process of creating a large scale public art piece (the largest painted glass window in existence) for the Sea-Tac airport addition. The documentary explores Thompson’s unique relationship to the function of narrative and autobiography in glass art as well as her interest in dreams and mythology and her methods of incorporating diverse inspirations for her glass work (including Sufi stories, Persian folktales and Native American myths). The painting and fabrication of the 90' x 33' piece was completed at a family-run glass studio in Germany. The film was shot in Seattle and Taunusstein-Wehen, Germany and incorporates digital video, digital stills, and time lapse videography. Crew included: Sally Cloninger (Co-Producer, Editor and Cinematographer), Peter Randlette (Co-Producer and Sound Design), Gretchen Langheld (Original Music), and Allegra Hinkle (additional camera, post-production). 2004 (33:00)